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EPISODE#50
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: LENTEN MISSION CHRIST CATHEDRAL PARISH (SECOND OF A 3-PART SERIES)

Fr. Christopher Smith is the Rector and Episcopal Vicar of Christ Cathedral; and, he hosts the weekly Cathedral Square radio show. If you have ever been fortunate to hear one of his homilies at mass, you know that he is truly a gifted speaker. Last year, he shared a 3-part parish mission at one of our beautiful parishes in the Diocese of Orange.

This podcast is the second of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this with someone. You will both benefit tremendously!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on radio in April of 2020

EPISODE #9
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: GUEST IS ALAN TERRICCIANO, UCI COMPOSER AND DANCE PROFESSOR

Episode No. 9: Alan Terricciano, UCI Composer and Dance Professor      

Every music lover wishes they could go back in time and ask the great composers like Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven what inspired their music and the stories behind every piece. Today, we are lucky enough to ask exactly those questions of a

living composer, Alan Terricciano, Composer and Professor of Dance at University of California – Irvine. Listen to the composer himself not only introduce and describe his own music, but also improvise music off-the-cuff at the piano.

Discover the vast, emotional gamut of local composer Alan Terricciano’s music – from the playfulness of a hoedown for solo violin, to the spontaneous music improvised at a piano, and finally to the passionate work Ash in remembrance of

the events of 9/11 that brought the world together.

EPISODE#49
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: LENTEN MISSION CHRIST CATHEDRAL PARISH (FIRST OF A 3-PART SERIES)

Here is a wonderful opportunity to listen to a parish mission without leaving the safety of your home!

Last year, Fr. Christopher Smith was honored to share a 3-part parish mission at one of our beautiful parishes in the Diocese of Orange.

This podcast is the first of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this with someone. You will both benefit tremendously!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on radio in April of 2020

EPISODE#48
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS MONSIGNOR JOHN URELL

Welcome to another episode of Cathedral Square featuring your host, Fr. Christopher Smith.

On this week’s program, we enjoy a visit with Msgr. John Urell, the Pastor at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Laguna Niguel, CA.

Fr. Christopher and Msgr. John have a lot in common, having both served in the Diocese of Orange for many years. They were actually classmates in seminary; and, were ordained priests on the same day in 1978!

Give a listen, and be sure to share this podcast.

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/13/21

EPISODE #8
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: THE MUSIC OF CANDLEMAS – THE END OF CHRISTMAS

Episode No. 8: The Music of Candlemas – the End of Christmas       

Remembering the old tradition of keeping our Christmas decorations up until “Candlemas”, this last episode of the Christmas season explores the music inspired by the texts and themes of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, AKA

“Candlemas”. The luminous theme evoked by the sacred scriptures of this sacred feast have been inspiring composers and poets alike for centuries. Hear some of the choral classics including settings of the Canticle of Simeon (Nunc

Dimittis), Lux Aurumque (“Light and Gold”), and even movements from Handel’s Messiah, with some special recordings from the Boris Ord days of King’s College Cambridge, and the incredible Emma Kirkby singing the fieriest movement

from Handel’s Messiah. Experience the organ sparkle with brilliant performances of some of her own radiant music by Diane Bish herself, and an equally brilliant setting of “This little light of mine” by living composer Calvin Taylor played by

Raymond Nagem, Cathedral Organist at St. John the Divine, NYC.

LIGHT A CANDLE IN CHRIST CATHEDRAL

“It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”  – The Christophers 

 

Since the Diocese of Orange acquired Christ Cathedral in 2013, and certainly upon its dedication as the heart of Catholic worship in Orange County, plans have been in place to add votive candle stands throughout the cathedral to enrich the prayer experience for all who visit. 

Before construction started inside the cathedral to renovate it and to transform it into a Catholic place of worship, stands were placed inside the old glass doors at its entrance. Donors could go online to make an offering. A candle was lit in their name and all the candles were viewable via live stream. Once construction commenced, the candles were removed as a safety precaution. 

A few years later, Kymm Binnquist, the campus property manager, and Father Christopher Smith, rector and episcopal vicar at Christ Cathedral, worked to find the safest, cleanest-burning and most-elegant candles and stands that would fit in the different areas of Christ Cathedral. Saint Killians Candles, manufactured in Ireland, were chosen.  

The Killians stands have now been placed in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, inside the main cathedral, next to the mosaic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and in the Crean Tower. 

When indoor Masses resume, attendees and visitors to the cathedral will be able to light a Killians candle to give honor to, and to seek help from the saint before whose image the candle is lit. And just as common, to pray for the deceased. 

Bishop Kevin Vann, often speaks of his mother lighting a candle each time the family attended Mass when he was a child, and teaching he and his siblings the importance of the offering. This timeless tradition is now possible thanks to St. Killians, the generous donors of the stands, and the Christ Cathedral team. 

EPISODE #6
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: CHRISTMAS FAVORITES 2020

Episode No. 6 Christmas favorites 2020                

As we celebrate Christmas during this time of the Covid Pandemic, David Ball and Guest Daniel Ficarri guide us through some of their favorite Christmas Carols and Choral works – familiar music of the season

during these strange times. While most live Christmas music is on hold following safety guidelines, we can at least listen to cherished arrangements and performances of Carols usually sung all over the world,

including so many classics from David Willcocks, John Rutter, and even Mr. Candlelight himself, Dr. John Romeri. Also during this year that Pope Francis has declared a Year of St. Joseph, discover The Cherry

Tree Carol, one of the only carols to tell a story featuring Joseph.

A safe and Merry Christmas to all!

EPISODE#46
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: A VISIT WITH BISHOP THANH THAI NGUYEN

Welcome to another episode of Cathedral Square featuring host Fr. Christopher Smith.

Get ready for another healthy dose of inspiration on today’s podcast, as we welcome Bishop Thanh Thai Nguyen to the studio. The newest Auxiliary Bishop appointed to the Diocese of Orange, Bishop Nguyen shares the harrowing story of his escape from Vietnam and his eventual road to the priesthood.

Thank you, Bishop Nguyen, for giving us hope in this time of pandemic.

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/19/20

EPISODE#45
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: A VISIT WITH THE VICAR-GENERAL – MSGR. STEPHEN DOKTORCZYK

Welcome to another episode of Cathedral Square featuring host Fr. Christopher Smith.

On this week’s program, we enjoy a visit with Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk, the Vicar-General for the Diocese of Orange. He also serves as the Moderator of the Curia.

He wears several hats in his role; and, he has a truly fascinating background.

Tune in and find out all about it!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/12/20

EPISODE #4
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: THE MUSIC OF BEETHOVEN PT. 1

Episode No. 4 The Music of Beethoven Pt. 1

Born 250 years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven is a household name, known for composing the hymn “Ode to Joy” AKA “Joyful, Joyful”, the famed 4-note fate theme of his Fifth Symphony, the haunting “Moonlight” Sonata and “Für Elise for piano. These gorgeous pieces, though, are only a sampling of this legendary composer’s life’s work. In the first of this two-part series, Host David Ball is joined by Brooklyn-based composer and organist Ryan Dodge in an exploration into the inspired works of Ludwig van Beethoven – featuring not only his most well-known pieces, but also highlighting some of his lesser-known, but most well-crafted pieces. With the guidance and perspective of composer Ryan Dodge, learn about Beethoven and why this composer is still remembered, loved, and celebrated 250 years later. Part I features music from his solo piano works and string quartets!

Learn more about this episode’s cohost Ryan Dodge: https://ryandodgemusic.com